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USED Towboat Chisca


Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1897 for the Mississippi River Commission as the wooden steamer Chisca at D&J Howard Shipyard and Dock Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched 1897
  • Delivered the Mississippi River Commission in 1897
  • Acquired by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1903
  • Commissioned USED Towboat Chisca in 1905
  • Chisca was assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District
  • Chisca operated on the lower Mississippi River
  • Rebuilt with steel hull in 1923 (185.5 x 34 x 6)
  • Retired from Army service, decommissioned circa 1947
  • Sold in 1947 at public auction to Pioneer Construction Co., Dyersburg, TN.
  • Final Disposition, dismantled in 1949
    Specifications:
    Displacement 540 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 6'
    Propulsion
    two reciprocating steam engines 17 s-7'stroke
    five boilers
    sternwheel

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    Chisca
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    33k USED Towboat Chisca on the builders ways in 1897 at D&J Howard Shipyard and Dock Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
    University of Louisville Digital Libraries
    John Spivey
    Chisca
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    44k USED Towboat Chisca launching in 1897 at D&J Howard Shipyard and Dock Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
    University of Louisville Digital Libraries
    John Spivey
    Chisca
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    57k USED Towboat Chisca under construction after launching in 1897 at D&J Howard Shipyard and Dock Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
    University of Louisville Digital Libraries
    John Spivey
    Chisca
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    Chisca
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    27k USED Towboat Chisca underway, date and location unknown.
    University of Louisville Digital Libraries
    John Spivey
    Chisca
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    54k USED Towboat Chisca with Mississippi River Commission signage, tied up to the Mississippi River bank at Memphis, TN. July 1923.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey

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